Events

Future Events

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Minnesota Elderberry Growers Farm Tour, May 15, 2021, 8:30 am Veterans Farming Initiative
4432 County Rd 12 S, Montrose, MN 55363-5420
We will tour both VFI and nearby Fountain Ark Farms, which provide good examples of early stage elderberry orchard development. President Chris Patton will give a short presentation on the progress towards a regional hub in the Montrose area for elderberry harvest aggregation and ingredient production  followed by a Q&A session and general discussion before touring the farms. VFI is a non-profit active regenerative operation. This tour is open to all interested. 

Elderberry Virtual Workshop May 8, 2021
Online session with interactive Q&A sponsored by a Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection grant and hosted by Sheri Scott of Community Research Works. For more information, please email Sheri: sherscott@earthlink.net.

Agenda
10:00 am Welcome

10:15 Linda Black Elk, indigenous ethnobotanist talks about elderberry as our plant relative, respect and reciprocity for Tribal Nations and indigenous values.

11:00 Natasha Simeon, Regeneration Acres discusses preparing for elderberry planting, site, nutrients and answers questions from participants on their specific site.

12:30 Erin Schneider, Hilltop Farms discusses growing options including rows vs. guilds and good companion fruit/nut trees.

1:15 Chris Patton, Midwest Elderberry Cooperative, shares information about farm direct market opportunities as well as through the Midwest Elderberry Coop (we will share links and info on a resource page as well).

2:00 Wrap-up and next steps.

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Want to learn a bit from what you missed at past events? 
then, click here and go to the Presentations page.

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Past Events of Importance: 

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Hosted by The Savannah Institute  http://www.savannainstitute.org/events.html (links on Presentations page)

August 19 - Exploring Elderberry Benefits webinar with Terry Durham and Chris Patton, Midwest Elderberry Cooperative

September 7 - Elderberry Harvest webinar with Terry Durham and Chris Patton,
Midwest Elderberry Cooperative

September 29 - Elderberry Processing and Market Opportunities webinar with Terry Durham, River Hills Harvest and Chris Patton, Midwest Elderberry Cooperative

Minnesota Elderberry Growers Field Day, April 4, 2020 
The Farm of Minnesota, 
24618 St., HWY 15, Hutchinson, MN 55350  

Elderberry Information Meeting, March 3, 2020  
Hosted by 
Farm Table Foundation, 110 Keller Avenue North, Amery, WI 54001

2020 Members Meeting at the MOSES Conference 
La Crosse, WI Convention Center, Feb. 28, 2020, 7pm, Yellow Room
An overview of that meeting is outlined on this pdf

“Beyond an Apple a Day:  Minnesota’s role in the Functional Food Landscape” 
Panel member for a Food Industry Thought Leaders Meeting, Feb. 12, 2020

MINNESOTA ORGANIC CONFERENCE, St. Cloud, MN January 9-10, 2020 
Sponsored by the Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture. Presentation found on Reports & Grants page.

River's Edge Convention Center Saint Cloud, MN
Chris Patton will present on Growing and Marketing Organic Elderberry in the Northern Midwest. 

Feast Local Foods Marketplace, December 6-7, 2019
Rochester, MN - Mayo Civic Center
MEC will have an elder flower & berry ingredients information booth there for the Friday trade show and sample River Hills ElderBerry products to consumers on Saturday. The FEAST! Local Foods Network is a partnership of many organizations, businesses, and individuals committed to growing a sustainable, local and regional food system. 

Growing Elderberries as a Cash Crop, December 3, 2019, 
221 Main St. N, Stillwater, MN

Green Lands Blue Waters Conference, 
Nov. 19-20, 2019
 Graduate Hotel, Minneapolis
Chris Patton presenting: Elderberry’s Place in your Forever Green Farm Plan.  Now the #1 berry crop in Missouri, native elderberry remains an under-utilized, commercially viable perennial suitable for sustainable to regenerative farm plans. This presentation explores how to do so as well as its commercial scale potential and challenges.

MEC at the MN State Fair Aug. 22-Sept. 2, 2019
Forever Green Ag exhibit, CFANS in Ag/Horticultural Bldg.
This University of Minnesota Agroforestry Dept. presented exhibit will include MEC educational materials, examples of elder flower & berry products, and a potted Wyldewood elderberry plant.

Twin Cities VegFest Sept. 15, 2019, Harriet Island in St. Paul, MN
MEC had a booth with educational materials, examples of elder flower & berry products, and sample River Hills Harvest retail products at this open, free to the public event.

2019 Comprehensive Elderberry Workshop, Jefferson City, MO Terry Durham & his Elderberry Team put on the original and most comprehensive workshop about growing elderberry. To review most of the presentations given, please go to our Reports & Grants page

Terry Durham’s Agroforestry farm tour for Savannah Institute: https://www.riverhillsharvest.com/growers?utm_campaign=9bbdbb4c-b63b-481d-80ff-1e7fcf326aa0&utm_source=so Take this 5 minute tour for great insight about growing elderberry as well as links to his upcoming events.

Chris Patton’s Hour Nutshell (audiovisual) Presentation for Savannah Institute: 
Transitioning Elderberry from Hobby to Commercial Crop (4/2019)
Audiovisual YouTube link through Savannah Institute
Download the above presentation deck pdf.

Members Meeting at MOSES Conference
La Crosse, WI Convention Center
February 22, 2019 Meeting notes

EXPO West, Anaheim Convention Center
March 6-8, 2019 
Booth N1344, Minnesota Pavilion

2019 Winter Fancy Food Show - Specialty Food Association, 
Moscone Center, San Francisco

Regenerative Earth Summit: Food + Fiber + Climate
Dec. 5-6, 2018, Boulder, CO, MEC participating

2018 FEAST Local Foods Marketplace
Rochester, MN - Mayo Civic Center

2018 Summer Fancy Food Show,  New York, NY

June 14-16, 2018 Comprehensive Elderberry Workshop, Jefferson City, MO
The Carver Center, 3804 Bald Hill Road, Jefferson City, MO 

2018: EXPO West, Anaheim Convention Center

February 23, 2018 Members Meeting at MOSES Conference  

Presented at 2018 Minnesota Organic Conference 
January 11-12, 2018 in Saint Cloud, MN

Transitioning Native Elder Berry & Flower Production from Craft Hobby to Commercial Small Fruit

Winter Fancy Food Show - Specialty Food Association 
January 21, 2018 Awards Presentation in San Francisco
MEC president Christopher Patton received  2018 Leadership Award for Business Leadership for founding Midwest elderberry Cooperative.  Announcement Link      Article Link  

Nov, 17, 2017: Midwest Elderberry Cooperative Annual 
Members & Board of Directors Meeting
Tom Erhardt from Albert Lea Seed Co.  graciously hosted us  with admission to their free Open House. 

June 25-27 Summer Fancy Food Show,  New York, NY 

July 8, 2017 Elderflower Power Day Cancelled!

Instead, I’ll be singing, “Where have all the flowers gone…” 

Click here to see images of hail damage at our main production field.

One of our favorite events [ See pictures from last year.] has been cancelled by an act of nature.

2017 Comprehensive Elderberry Workshop, Jefferson City, MO
The Carver Center, 3804 Bald Hill Road, Jefferson City, MO 
May 31 - June 1-2, 2017 

Terry Durham & his Elderberry Team put on the original and most comprehensive workshop about growing elderberry. To review some of the presentations given, please go to our Reports & Grants page.

Practical Farmers of Iowa Conference -
January 19-21, 2017, Scheman Bldg., Ames, IA

Begins January 19 at 1 pm, Short Course Presentations & Discussion:
Production, Processing, and Marketing of Alternative Berry Crops with Terry Durham, Chris Patton, Jim Riddle and Kurt Rueber and Paul Otten. To review past presentations given, please go to our Reports & Grants page. Please see the IPF website: http://practicalfarmers.org/2017-annual-conference.

© Midwest Elderberry Cooperative 2018